Prevent opening a command prompt window in Windows PE

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 20 Dec. 2011 / Last Updated on 20 Dec. 2011]

This tip describes how to prevent opening a command prompt window in Windows PE.

If you are deploying Windows using MDT 2010 with Lite Touch, the user at the target computer can press F8 during the Windows PE portion of the deployment and break into a command prompt window. You can disable F8 functionality in Windows PE however by doing the following: open the unattend_pe_x86.xml and unattend_pe_x64.xml files using Notepad and replace “/Bootstrap” with “/BootstrapNoSF8”. These XML files are found in the templates folder of your deployment share.

Mitch Tulloch is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) and widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization. For more tips by Mitch you can follow him on Twitter or friend him on Facebook.

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Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see .

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